Legal Aspects of Carbon Trading: Kyoto, Copenhagen and beyond

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Since 2005 the carbon market has grown to nearly $100 billion per annum. This new book examines all the main legal issues which are raised by this explosion of what is now called carbon finance. It covers not only the Kyoto Flexibility Mechanisms but also the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) that is in the process of reform and other national and voluntary schemes. The Parties to the 1992 UN Framework Convention are in the process of negotiating a successor regime to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol whose commitment period ends in 2012. As scientists predict that the threat of dangerous climate change requires much more radical mitigation actions, the negotiations aim for a more comprehensive and wide ranging agreement which includes new players - such as the US - as well as taking account of new sources (such as aircraft emissions) and new mechanisms such as Reducing Emissions through Deforestation and Degradation (REDD). This volume will cover the legal aspects of these
This volume builds on the success of the editors' previous volume published by OUP in 2005: Legal Aspects of Implementing the Kyoto Protocol Mechanisms: Making Kyoto Work, which remains the standard work of reference for legal practitioners and researchers on carbon finance and trading under the Kyoto Protocol.

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David Freestone is the Visiting Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at The George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. He is a former Deputy General Counsel at the World Bank, and a Visiting Professor at the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies. From 1996-2004 he was head of the World Bank's Environment and International Law Group, and, inter alia, legal adviser to the World Bank Prototype Carbon Fund team. Prior to joining the Bank in 1996, he held a faculty chair in international law at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, where he is still an honorary professor. Dr. Freestone has written widely on international environmental law, is the General Editor of the "Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development" a monograph series published by Martinus Nijhoff and is the founding editor of the "International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law." He is the 2007 winner of the Elizabeth Haub Gold Medal for Environmental Law.
Charlotte Streck is Director of Climate Focus, a consultancy company specialized in climate change law and policy and the global carbon market. Until February 2005, Charlotte was Senior Counsel with the World Bank in Washington, DC. In this capacity she was responsible for establishing carbon funds and legal structuring of World Bank carbon transactions in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia. Before she joined the World Bank in 2000, she cooperated with the "Global Public Policy Project", which provided strategic advice for the Secretary General of the UN. She authored and co-authored several books and numerous articles on environmental law and policy, is a board member of the Global Public Policy Institute, an adjunct lecturer at the University of Potsdam, senior fellow of the Center of International Sustainable Development Law at McGill University, and an Advisor to the Prince of Wales Rainforest Project.

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As can be seen from the summary of contents, the book covers a wide range of topics, on which it contains a wealth of information. It is chracterized by a mixture of innovative and survey-style contributions. * Roland Ismer, European Yearbook of International Economic Law *

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